Early on the morning of December 26, 2016, Carolin Harris, 74, owner of Harris’ Steakhouse (informally called “The Mothman Diner” on Main Street) passed away. Harris was a well-known Point Pleasant, West Virginia, personality. Many tourists stopped in to her diner to talk to her and look at her collection of items. She also was a supporter of the Mothman Festival.
The official Mothman Festival page released this statement:
It is with great sadness that we even have to say this, but late last night we lost a wonderful person, the sweet and lovable Carolin Harris, of Harris Steak House (or as you might know it by – “The Mothman Diner”). She was also the co-director of the Mothman Festival and has and has been with us through our journey from the very beginning.
She was like a mother to so many in our small town…always welcoming to all, with her kind and hospitable heart and a smile on her face. We’re not sure that we’ll ever be able to fill this void of not having her around. She will be greatly missed, that’s for sure.
Point Pleasant Daily Register photo of the Mason County Commission making a contribution to the 2015 Mothman Festival in the amount of $750. Pictured accepting the check from Commission President Rick Handley are Jeff Wamsley and Carolin Harris of the Mothman Festival. Also pictured, Ashley Wamsley-Watts, County Clerk Diana Cromley and County Administrator John Gerlach.
Harris’s father, 85, died in 2007, right before Carolin Harris’s niece died in a head-on car crash.
Harris was always friendly and generous with her time. I visited her several times in 2001 and 2002, just before the movie Mothman Prophecies began to bring fame to the community.
The funeral home published the following obituary:
|Carolin Jean Harris
(November 27, 1942 – December 26, 2016)